Lieutenant Colonel Craig Roberts,
USA, began his military career when he enlisted in the US Marines. In 1965, then PFC Roberts spent 11 months
in various capacities and operations as an 0311 (infantryman) in the areas south and southwest of Da Nang, RVN.
Wounded in action and eventually medevaced back to the States, Craig Roberts was eventually transferred to the Temporary
Disability Retired List (TDRL) and remained there until medical findings on injuries determined that he would be discharged.
Removal from TDRL and discharge occurred on 28 February, 1968.
In 1972, Craig Roberts enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard (who would waive his Marine
Corps Disability rating) as a SP4, where he served in the Scout Platoon, 1/279 Infantry, as a sniper and later, after being
promoted to sergeant, served as a squad leader and sniper instructor. After being promoted to Staff Sergeant, he was eventually
selected for Officer Candidate School. Over the next 24 years he would serve in various officer capacities from Rifle Platoon
Leader, Scout Platoon Leader, Officer Candidate Tactical Officer, Rifle Company Executive Officer, Detachment Commander, and
Company Commander, to Battalion S-2 and S3 (Air).
In 1985, Craig Roberts transferred
to the Army Reserve (95th Division) and served in various battalion and division assignments. In 1987, he transferred to the
IRR to obtain a Major's slot and began working as a tactical intelligence officer out of ARPERCEN, attached to the 138th
Tactical Fighter Group. His military officer schooling included Officer Candidate School, Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry
Officer Advanced Course, Air-Ground Operations School (Intel) and Command and General Staff College of the US Army.
Roberts retired in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel, Infantry/Air Operations (11A5U). His last 12 years were working as
the Ground Liaison Officer in the Intelligence Section of the 138th Tactical Fighter Group.
Craig Roberts non-military career also involved service.
He joined the Tulsa Police Department in August, 1969. Two years later he joined the TAC Squad, which was Tulsa's
first special operations team. Roberts was selected for his Vietnam combat experience and his training as a sniper and with
explosives. He attended Bomb Disposal School in Dade County, Florida and was one of three department bomb technicians.
In 1978 Roberts transferred to
Police Community Relations where he served for three years as one of the department's public relations officers, giving
lectures to organizations and schools. By 1981 he had become the department's "Press Release Officer" and had
extensive contact with reporters from the media, both print and television. In 1982 Roberts transferred
to the helicopter unit and became its maintenance director. He also served as one of Tulsa Police Department's patrol
pilots. Roberts retired from the department in March, 1996.
Lieutenant Colonel Craig Roberts is the author of: Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey
Plaza; The Medusa File: Secret Crimes and Coverups of the U. S. Government; Combat Medic: Vietnam; JFK: Dead Witness; Police
Sniper; Doorway to Hell: Disaster in Somalia; Improbable Cause; The Dragunov Solution; The Hind Heist; and, Hellhound.
He is also the co-author of One Shot One Kill and The Walking Dead: A Marine's Story of Vietnam.
According to the book description
of Crosshairs on the Kill Zone: American Combat Snipers, Vietnam through Operation Iraqi Freedom,
“From the authors of the classic sniper chronicle One Shot-One Kill comes a new generation of true tales from some of
the most expert and deadly marksmen in the world. Meet Adelbert Waldron II, whose 109 confirmed kills in Vietnam made him
the most successful sniper in American military history, and Tom "Moose" Ferran, who coined the term "Fetch!",
whereupon the infantry would retrieve the sniper's dead quarry. Also included are stories from snipers in Beirut, the
Bosnian conflict, and both wars with Iraq -- including the feat of Sergeants Joshua Hamblin and Owen Mulder, who took down
thirty-two enemy soldiers in a single day outside Baghdad in 2003.
The military sniper has evolved into one of the most dangerous and highly-skilled warrior professions.
They suffer through weather, terrain, and enemy action, lay unmoving for days on end, and take out their targets with unerring
accuracy -- proving that the deadliest weapon in any battle, anywhere in the world, is a single well-aimed shot.”
Dead: A Marine's Story of Vietnam, “in constant danger, they flushed the enemy from tunnels and rat
traps; defused lethal mines, punji pits, and trip wires; and scored countless hits in ambushes, sweeps, and all-out firefights.
From booby-trapped villages to battles at Cam Ne, Le Son, the Phong Le Bridge, and in "Operation Starlight," they
shared incredible risks, comradeship, and pride. Now Roberts tells the gripping tale of their war.
Shot down and rescued, wounded
in action, Roberts survived against fantastic odds and served as an automatic rifleman, recon leader, sniper, and as an advisor
to a Combined Action Company of ARVN Rangers. Transformed from an ordinary nineteen-year-old into a deadly killer, he was
the recipient of ten decorations, including two Purple Hearts, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and a Combat Action Ribbon.
His memoir is a story of extraordinary challenges met for honor, freedom, and the Corps.”
According to one
reader of Combat Medic: Vietnam it, “is a solid military story. Its 33 chapters are devoted
to some 10 Army and Marine medics who served in Vietnam. While "CM" pulls no punches, neither does it belabor or
drag the episodes out. Each episode, told in the first person "tells it like it was" and moves on. The result is
a highly compact and readable tale with no gratuitous gore and suffering. To the credit of the men involved, there is also
no trace of self-pity though the Lord knows they were well entitled on that score. The Afterward reveals what became of the
10 when they returned to "The World"- more power to them all! I enjoyed the Appendix, which encompasses a brief
world history of military medics both U.S. and foreign. "CM" has 2 minor flaws common to military books: There are
no maps and no glossary of Army/Marine/Navy acronyms or jargon. Their inclusion would have helped. Their exclusion does not
detract from the larger story. "CM" represents yet another view, another observation post into the Vietnam War.
Both "Combat Medic" and author Roberts earlier work, "One Shot-One Kill" are highly and earnestly recommended.”
According to the
book description of Doorway to Hell: Disaster in Somalia, “Most of Somalia--outside of Mogadishu,
was secured. Then something went drastically wrong...The mission was to feed the hungry, cure the sick, and bring peace to
a country in anarchy. No formal government or organized infrastructure existed in this fourth world country governed by war
lords and their armed bands of "gunmen." Operations "Restore Hope" and "Continue Hope" were
planned and implemented to bring order to chaos. Unfortunately, what should have been a victory for the United Nations deteriorated
into a humiliating defeat of massive proportions. Why did an American administration--and Congress--allow under-armed U.S.
forces to be committed to an open-ended mission of "nation building" under the direction of the U.N. which was an
entirely different mission than that of saving starving people?”
According to the
book description of The Hind Heist, it is a “fast-paced and gripping thriller that takes place
in the 1980s. A group of colorful characters are drawn to an ad in a mercenary magazine that offers a million dollars to anyone
who can steal or produce a Russian Mi-24 "Hind" helicopter gunship to the magazine's owner. The group, consisting
of a soon-to-retire police helicopter pilot, a former Vietnam Green Beret, a Spanish-speaking school teacher, and a washed
up helicopter mechanic, discover that there are 34 Hind's, all within reach, only a few hours flying time from Los Angeles:
in Nicaragua! All they had to do was get to Guatemala, cross the border after a jungle trek through hostile terrain, get into
a heavily guarded air base, get into a Hind and get it started, then escape and evade pursuit long enough to cross the border
back into Guatemala--or somewhere.”